The Teaching Team


Principal

Alan Swindell

Originally trained as a state teacher but has worked in Steiner education for over thirty years, as a class teacher, a language teacher, an upper school teacher and in school management. He has taught on a number of Steiner teacher training courses and co-ordinated PR and teacher education during his spell with the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship.


Teaching staff

RUTH CHADWICK (REDWOOD)

Ruth has always been interested in alternative education. She has always had a great enthusiasm for nature and brought her children up with a house cow, goats and a vegetable garden. She did her Steiner early years training in London and then worked in Steiner Kindergartens in Norway. Returning to the UK she was an assistant at the South Devon Steiner School for 4 years before joining us at SAE.

Samantha Taylor (Elmwood)

Genevieve Keys (Elmwood)

Cathi Finbow (Cherry tree)

Cathi has a degree in Steiner education and for eight years was lead kindergarten teacher at the Exeter Steiner School.

THERESA TRAPP (SILVERBIRCH)

Theresa has done the Steiner Early Years training course in London. She worked at The Exeter Steiner School for ten years and ran the Children's garden an independent kindergarten in Exeter for two years.

KATHERINE MEE (SPINDLEWOOD)

MIKE MARKS (CLASS ONE M)

Mike joined us from a local primary school. He has almost five years’ experience as a class teacher and at various times has taught music, snowboarding, football, yoga, and outdoor activities. We are not yet sure how his status as a qualified ski instructor will fit with the class one curriculum, but we are working on it!

VICKY PRIDDLE (CLASS ONE V)

Vicky has worked in the academy since it opened in 2014. She began as a learning support assistant in Kindergarten, became assistant to class one the following year and was a 'Teaching Apprentice', based mainly in class two. In the latter roles she has had plenty of opportunity to step up from assisting and is very used to carrying a class in her own right. She has completed the Steiner Waldorf Early Year course and has a background in working with children with additional needs.

FRANCES DATHAN (CLASS TWO)

SIMON BERKLEY (CLASS THREE)

Simon trained on the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar before becoming a class teacher at the South Devon Steiner School where he has carried several management responsibilities alongside his teaching work.

Sue Neale (class four)

Sue has a degree in Steiner Education and a specialism in Art. She has been Class teaching at Exeter Steiner School and has had many roles at South Devon Steiner School, as parent volunteer and teacher, since her first child began kindergarten in 1993.

Jess lYNCH-THEWLESS (Class five)

Jess attended Steiner schools from kindergarten to sixth form, she is a state-trained secondary teacher with a specialism in RE. She was a class teacher at the Nant-y-Cwm Steiner school in the west of Wales before joining us in Exeter.

Jenny Wragg (Class six w)

Jenny is a graduate of the Emerson College `Heart of Education` teacher training course. She worked as a class teacher in the Moray Steiner school for five years, prior to which she taught in state primary schools. Jenny is currently studying Steiner education at Masters level.

JENNY MATHERS (CLASS SIX M)

Jenny comes with nearly ten years of experience in schools in a variety of roles. For the last two years she has been working here at the academy, most recently as a ‘Teaching Apprentice’ in the current class six. Jenny is a qualified Thrive practitioner and has worked in a range of classes here, including two class sixes.

Vicki Watts (Class seven)

Exeter born and bred, Vicki worked for many years as a forest school leader with primary and secondary school age children. She was a parent and child group leader at Exeter Steiner school and has recently worked in many of Exeter's secondary schools as a supply teacher. She has a diploma in Steiner education and has recently competed her Masters in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education.

AEGIR MORGAN (CLASS EIGHT)

Aegir (pronounced Ire), like many of our colleagues, studied Steiner education at Plymouth University. He has previously worked as a class teacher in the Brighton, Hereford and at Wynstones (Gloucester) Steiner schools. Aegir will also be playing a significant role in the management of the school: he is currently Principal of the Whistling Mountain Waldorf school in British Columbia.

Clive Staples (Behaviour and Learning Support)

Clive has a degree in Steiner education and has worked for twenty years with children with special educational needs. He gained his QTS at Bath Spa University where he is currently studying at Masters level. He is also training as a `Thrive` practitioner and one of the Designated Safeguarding Officers.

SARAH O’NEILL (SENdCo AND LEAD SAFEGUARDING OFFICER)

Sarah studied with the Open University to get an honours degree in psychology. She then went on to do a PGCE for Key stage 2 and 3 (7-14 yrs) with a specialism in design technology. Sarah then worked in a state primary school, during this time Sarah developed a passion for children that had additional needs which lead her to train as SENCO and she is now In the last year of her Master’s in special educational needs.

SARA JARMAN (BEHAVIOUR AND WELLBEING SPECIALIST)

One of the designated safeguarding officers.

Catriona Ferguson (French)

Catriona is an MFL expert and an Advanced Skills Teacher in primary languages. She has worked in both primary and secondary schools in the Exeter area for several years.

TRACEY ADAMS (UPPER SCHOOL FRENCH)

ADAM SMALE (ART AND LANDCRAFT)

Adam has a diploma in Steiner education and worked as a class and transition teacher at the Exeter Steiner school. He has been working at the academy since September 2013 as a teaching assistant, woodwork and art teacher.

Anna goudge (music)

Anna has a degree in Steiner education and is an accomplished musician. Part of her training as a Steiner teacher was carried out in a remote village school in India.

FRAN ANDRE (MUSIC)

Daniel friedeberg (games teacher)

Daniel is a Steiner alumni, having attended Elmfield Steiner school. He trained as a Steiner teacher on the West of England Steiner Teacher Training Course. He will combine his teaching with the part-time training in Bothmer Gymnastics. He once represented the UK in Extreme Frisbee.

DANNY PARCELL (GYM, IT AND DRAMA TEACHER)

NEREA YARTO (CIRCUS SKILLS AND TRADITIONAL PLAY GROUND GAMES)

Nerea has a degree in Steiner Education, is a specialised games teacher and an accomplished circus skills performer.

JANE PICKERING (STEM LEAD)

Jane comes from a background of science and engineering having gained her degree in Materials Engineering at the University of Surrey, including a year working and studying at CERN. Prior to relocating to Devon Jane has been teaching within the State sector in Buckinghamshire, teaching students from ear 7 though to A'Level. In addition to her Maths and Science specialism Jane has an MBA and studied Fine Art for two years at university

PAUL LAWTON (UPPER SCHOOL MATHS AND MATHS LEAD)

Paul joined us from South Devon Steiner School where he had been teaching maths for 2 years. His is an experienced teacher having taught Maths and all Science up to GCSE and A level biology and tutored A level Maths. He has also been Deputy Head in charge of Academies.

STEVE FORREST (GCSE GEOGRAPHY TEACHER, BUSH CRAFT AND MATHS TEACHER FOR CLASS 5/6)

Steve trained as a Teacher 1991-1995 were he gained a BEd Hons at Liverpool University. After this he joined the Royal Marines were he had a varied career working as a Physical Training Instructor and then further specialized in the rehabilitation of injured soldiers. During his career he has travelled extensively around the world gaining valuable life experience, which involved three tours of Afghanistan.

JANE BERRY (UPPER SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER AND ENGLISH LEAD)

Jane received a BA (Hons) English and Drama from Brunel University and completed her MA Performance Studies at The Central School of Speech and Drama. Jane founded her own theatre company for children in the local community, directing and adapting Shakespeare plays for public performances. Jane trained for her English and Drama PCGE in an inner city school in Nottingham and has worked as a secondary school teacher in both state schools and private schools in Devon. Jane also trained in CELTA, where she has had experience teaching English as a second language to international students.

PETER SCOTT (UPPER SCHOOL HISTORY AND TEACHING SUPPORT)


Teaching assistants & learning support assistants

In addition to the above list, each area of the school has a number of teaching assistants, as well as learning support assistants who are usually assigned to individual children.


Admin and Support

Jenny Salmon

(Resources manager)

Jenny is a former police officer and marine biologist with over fifteen years’ experience in education. She has worked in marine conservation and as a further education and adult education teacher. She was administrator at Exeter Steiner School for five years. Jenny is also a Designated Safeguarding Officer and responsible for admissions and attendance.

Mark Eyers

(Finance manager)

Mark worked for many years as the finance co-ordinator of the South Devon Steiner School, where he was responsible, amongst other things, for administering parental contributions and over-seeing its mandate management system.

Alice Knight

(Office and systems manager)

Alice trained as a planner and urban designer at Oxford Polytechnic, and worked for various councils in England and Scotland, as well as for a local Devon developer, before becoming self- employed and starting a family. Happy to try her hand at most things, more recently Alice was the centre manager at Exwick Community Centre. She is also a trustee of a local Devon charity, ADUMASA, which supports the children in three villages in the Ashanti region of Ghana.

Katie Young

(Communication lead and PA to principal)

Katie was a specialist midwife for young mums and vulnerable women. After having children she discovered Steiner education and has been involved ever since. Previously she was Receptionist at The Cambridge Steiner School.

Caroline Fisher

(Purchasing officer)

Sam Rose

(Reception)

Diane Workman

(Reception)